Feb 27, 2010 7:25pm
Re: I love seeing the Movie Serials - Plus a Question
Sorry about the misinformataion before, but I looked in the wrong renewal register. I forgot to check the "anniversary year window" for the serial. "The Adventures of Captain Marvel" serial was completely and properly renewed in the second half of 1968. The catalogue of renewals entry is attached below.
On the Fawcett books.
Most Fawcett Captain Marvel books were renewed. They were renewed as "periodicals". Periodical renewals have not been widely available online leaving many thinking copyright works were PD, such as the Shadow and Doc Savage situation a few years ago. It requires a fair bit of additional searching around to find the copyright office listings for periodical renewals from the early 20s to early 40s.
The Fawcet books that were renewed
Flash Comics "Captain Thunder": issues renewed from January 1940 (v. 1 no. 1)
Whiz Comics: issues renewed from March 1940 (v. 1 no. 3)
Captain Marvel Adventures: issues renewed from Aug.-Sep. 1941 (v. 1 no. 3)
America's Best Comics: issues renewed from September 1942 (v. 1 no. 2)
Marvel Family Comics: issues renewed from December 1945 (v. 1 no. 1)
Captain Marvel Story Book: issues renewed from Summer 1946 (v. 1 no. 1)
Captain Marvel, Jr.: issues renewed from April 1945 (v. 5 no. 29)
All DC books that needed renewal were renewed.
It is possible that two first year books were not renewed (Captain Marvel Adventures 1 & 2) but these are subsequent to the character's creation. The small number of Superman strips and cartoons that are PD do not effect the copyright of the character.
Captain Marvel was also the subject of decade-long litigation in the 40s - 50s that alleged infringement in the copyright of Superman. DC Comics prevailed after appeal. From 1953 onwards all intellectual property in Fawcett and related Captain Marvel products became tied in to the Superman intellectual property as unauthorised derivative works. The finding was that:
"An author does not forfeit his original copyright to a piece of intellectual property if his work is contracted to another who fails to properly copyright works which incorporate the original property. Fawcett Publications' Captain Marvel comic strips were proven to have plagiarized those of National Comics' Superman character."
The only currently legally available version of the Captain Marvel serial is the licensed VCI edition.
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